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The Oregon City couple will display more than two dozen pieces of art, ranging from photography to sculptures, all featuring a horizon line

The Chehalem Cultural Center will launch its next exhibit, a collaborative project by two artists featuring several different kinds of work, at the end of the month.SUBMITTED PHOTO
 - 'Stratifying the Unknown,' an exhibit of Clarissa and Colby Stephens' work, will be on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center through June 28.

The exhibit, titled "Stratifying the Unknown," will launch on April 30 and run through June 28. It features the work of Clarissa and Colby Stephens and there will be an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3. The exhibit will be featured in the Parrish Gallery.

The exhibit features a mix of drawings, photographs, painting and sculptures, and according to the center's website, explores "the ways horizon lines shape our understanding of place and space and one's location within it."

According to her artist statement, Clarissa Stephens' work and research "explores a sense of place and relationship to the landscape and is influenced by interests in navigation, mapping, weather patterns, climate change and extreme natural environments."

Her most recent work explored the value of water as a precious resource, and her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

"We became captivated by horizon lines when we moved to Reno, Nevada in 2011," they said in a statement to the CCC. "Distinctly different from our western Oregon stomping grounds, we were captivated by the desert and the 360-degree view of horizon lines that it offered.

As avid backcountry explorers, we use a compass for navigation: a process that is heavily dependent on horizon lines. And so we began to consider the various ways that horizon lines impact our lives.

But lines do not simply demarcate the boundaries of three dimensional space: they also trace the ways that humans, animals, plants, boundaries routes and spaces, and seeks to reinterpret such lines to explore new and unconventional meanings of them." 

Carissa Smith-Burkett, curator and arts program manager for the center, said she looks forward to exhibiting the couple's work.

"It's going to be a really interesting exhibit," she said, adding that the mix of photography, different styles of painting and installations will be exciting to have, and all of the pieces are exploring the horizon through different mediums.

She added that the addition to the Parrish Gallery, there will also be a horizon line created in the mezzanine in the grand lobby. All told, there will be about 26 different pieces in the exhibit.

This is the first time the Stephens' will be featured at the CCC. They submitted a proposal last year, which was eventually approved.

"We're excited to have them here," Smith-Burkett said.

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